JOB: Library Services Manager, Contra Costa County

Under general direction from the County Librarian or a Deputy County Librarian, the Library Services Manager plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates major system-wide County Library programs and services. This classification serves as a member of the Library Management team, and is responsible for planning, budgeting, personnel, and other administrative activities. Incumbents may provide direct oversight to a number of Community Library Managers.

To read the complete job description, please visit the website, The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Tentative Oral Interview: November 11, 2019

Typical Tasks

  • Assumes responsibility for the Library Department in the absence of the County Librarian or Deputy County Librarian
  • Administer all activities of the assigned functional area including evaluating resources, personnel, facilities, and long-range program planning
  • Work with community library managers in translating the Library’s broad objectives and strategic plans into programs and activities supporting such goals
  • Assess day-to-day branch Library staffing needs, direct absence management staff, establish and review performance standards
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of its staff in meeting objectives
  • Oversee and assist in obtaining available outside funding when available through grants and/or donations
  • Provide, policy, advice and assistance to Deputy County Librarians on staff development and training, operational trends, and library strategic goals
  • Ensures the confidentiality and that the Library Department policies and procedures are followed
  • Consult with community library managers to advise on program services, implementation of new policies, procedures and practices
  • Confer with executive team to implement and conduct surveys to identify training needs based on projected production processes, changes and other factors
  • Monitors the budget for assigned program areas, recommends budget requests for implementation of new program initiatives
  • Serve as the management advisor and consultant to system-wide advisory and operational committees, may lead special task teams and new project initiatives
  • Direct and/or prepare a variety of narrative and statistical reports, correspondence, procedures and other written materials
  • Make presentations to executive team, staff, the public, organizations, agencies and governmental entities
  • Train, supervise and evaluate assigned staff

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a Master of Library Science Degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.

Experience: Three (3) years full-time or its equivalent experience in library management or in a public, major business, or large academic library program and services development: two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Selection Process

  1. Application Filing:  All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.  A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required. 
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)